The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

Did you ever think you’d miss Scalia? Romney? McCain? George W Bush? Me neither. COURTING DISASTER Our crucible continues at the High Court, where the justices have just decided to hear a case that pits Catholic Social Services (CSS) against the city of Philadelphia’s gay rights policies. The Catholic group stands alone among Philly contractors…

The Power Of HOPE

Equality California endorses Mayor Pete Buttigieg for President. BY VICTOR MELAMED Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, and its Nevada-based affiliate Silver State Equality announced their endorsement of Mayor Pete Buttigieg for President of the United States last month.  The decision was reached unanimously by the groups’ joint presidential endorsement committee…

Taking On The Establishment

Jeanette Barrera decided to empty her personal savings and launch her own campaign. And she’s winning. BY TEHLERE SPELLING Long Beach City government routinely comes under fire for corruption. Current 2nd District City Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce has violated the city’s conflict-of-interest policy, had an embarrassing run-in with LBPD, and is now under state investigation. Yet she’s still serving…

The State

THE FIGHT TO POSTHUMOUSLY PARDON GAY CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER BAYARD RUSTIN California lawmakers called on Gov. Gavin Newsom last month to posthumously pardon Bayard Rustin, a confidant of Martin Luther King Jr. who helped organize the March on Washington, for his conviction in the 1950s under a state law frequently used to target gay men,…

The City

BY PAULO MURILLO LOS ANGELES JUSTIN WELLS, WESTWIND RECOVERY TREATMENT CENTER CEO, FOUND DEAD. RIP  Justin Wells, the co-founder and CEO of Westwind Recovery Treatment Centers and Sober Livings in Los Angeles was found dead in his home last month by his husband Zack Ament, who is Chief Operating Officer at Westwind Recovery. No official…

The State

Attorney General Joins Brief Defending Trans Students California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced last month that the state is joining a coalition of 23 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of the rights of transgender students in Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, reported Sierra Sun Times. The case stems from a…

The Bay

IMPEACH TRUMP BILLBOARD IN SAN FRANCISCO A billboard with the word “impeach” in all capital letters next to a picture of President Trump went up in the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco. The billboard, which was paid for by the  Courage Campaign, was on display through Oct. 21. The billboard features a link to…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

A straight Trump supporter accidentally spawned a gay meme. THE FACTS OF LIFE AND SILVER LININGS  Proctor & Gamble subsidiary, Always, will change its packaging on feminine hygiene products to embrace those transmen and non-binary people who menstruate and might use their pads and tampons. This means they will remove the Venus female sign, the…

Trans Lives Matter

A rally in support of trans women forcibly removed from a DTLA bar after a straight couple attacked them. BY VICTOR MELAMED Several transgender women were aggressively and forcibly removed from a downtown Los Angeles bar-restaurant last month during DTLA Proud weekend—after they were attacked by a straight couple. The transgender group, along with several…

The Nation

TRUMP ADMIN ASKS COURT TO LEGALIZE FIRING LGBTQ WORKERS  Federal lawyers are asking the Supreme Court, for the first time, to explicitly limit the Civil Right Act’s protections to exclude LGBTQ people. The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court last month to declare that federal law allows private companies to fire workers based only on…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

Now, a contractor basically need only wave a bible around in order to make those anti discrimination requirements vanish. TOUCHING ANECDOTE  It’s not exactly LGBT news, but I wanted to pass along a truly heart-warming story about the bond formed between a little 4-year-old girl and some construction workers that will make you believe that we…

The Nation

HOUSE PASSES PRIDE ACT PROVIDING TAX REFUNDS TO GAY COUPLES The Pride Act, approved last month by the House, which will now head to the Senate, would amend the Internal Revenue Code to remove gender-specific references to marriage and allow couples to amend their filing status to married filing jointly for tax returns outside of…

The Fight For CHANGE

Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on the story of equality since Stonewall, the importance of allies and taking up the unfinished work of achieving true freedom and dignity for every American. BY VICTOR MELAMED The LGBTQ Victory Fund, a political action committee dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBTQ public officials in the U.S.,…